Canadian Freshwater Aquaculture Conference 2020

April 7 – 8, 2020    |    Orillia, Ontario

Don’t miss the first-ever gathering of farmers, suppliers and researchers working in Canada’s freshwater aquaculture sector — low sodium guaranteed!

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, April 2

  • Afternoon — Roundtable to define freshwater aquaculture challenges and priorities (all those working in freshwater aquaculture are invited to take part)
  • Afternoon — Annual General Meeting for the Ontario Aquaculture Association (OAA members only)
  • Evening — Our annual pre-conference tailgater social!

Wednesday, April 3

  • Conference day open to ALL with an interest in freshwater aquaculture. Breakfast, lunch, and social evening are included. Topics include:
    • New finfish welfare regulations (panel)
    • Staff recruitment and retention (panel)
    • Indigenous aquaculture law
    • Retailer and consumer trends
    • Tools for delaying fish maturation
    • Prevention strategies for disease outbreaks
    • Spotlights on new farm technology
    • Sessions on trout, Arctic char, coho salmon, and more
    • Research spotlights
    • Crisis communications
    • Aquaponics
    • And much more…
    Do you have a session idea? Email RJ Taylor, OAA’s managing director, at

Conference Venue

Fern Resort
4432 Fern Resort Rd, Ramara, Ontario
One hour from Toronto’s Pearson Airport!

Fern Resort is family-owned, just like most of Canada’s freshwater aquaculture businesses! Known as the “Home of the Rolls & Honey”, the incredible meals, gorgeous views, fun activities and terrific service have kept guests coming back for generations.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of April 7 and 8 for $189/night + resort fees.

There are also several cottages for groups of 3 – 4. To request one, email

Please see this form for reservation options.

Conference Registration

Register on Event Bee

  • Full Conference & Gala (Includes registration fee, all meals and social evening) — $229
  • Discounted Conference (For speakers and ‘Individual’ OAA members) — $179

All corporate members of the Ontario Aquaculture Association receive TWO free registrations to the conference. Please sign up all additional registrants at the discounted rate.

What’s happening to this year’s Ontario Aquaculture Association conference?

The Canadian Freshwater Aquaculture Conference is this year’s OAA conference, only bigger. For years, the annual Ontario conference has attracted fish farmers from across Canada because of our close-knit community and unique concentration of small and medium-sized farms. For 2020, we’re just making it official!

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